Christmas can be a painful time for some. It can be the first Christmas without a loved one, or it can be a time that has always been difficult. The constant chorus on radio and television, in shopping malls and social media, about the happiness of the season, about reuniting with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or not. ‘have never had. The angst of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of poor health, the pain of isolation – all of these can make us feel very lonely in the midst of partying and spending.
Our minds are collapsing as the days get shorter. We feel the darkness deepening around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead.
For these reasons, Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church in Athol offers a special blue Christmas / longest night service on Tuesday, December 21 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Join them in sharing and listening to prayers, scriptures, and music that recognize struggle and help shine light in the darkness. Everyone, regardless of the origin of the church (or its absence) is welcome. For more information on how to participate, call 978-249-6677 or message them on Facebook @StarrettMemorialUMC
Are you looking for a way to connect with the hope, peace, joy and love of Advent? Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 40 Island St., Athol, invites the community to come and rejoice in the wonders of the Christmas season. Celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth by joining Pastor Reverend Mary Owen for a traditional Christmas Eve candle light service on Friday, December 24 at 10 p.m.
Everyone is welcome and the church invites visitors to come as they are. The shrine is accessible and there is parking behind the church on the Marble Street grounds. Additional parking on municipal land at the library. More information and directions are available on the church’s Facebook page @StarrettMemorialUMC.